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QUICK UPDATE MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2001

THIS IS THE VICTORIAN WEEKEND at Glossop - We are just next to the railway station. On the right is the spinning carousel with its wooden horses and bright lights, caught in a motion blur.

On the left people are walking along the cobbled pavement and in the distance we can see the hills above the town.

There were grey skies like these for most of the weekend - 28 August to 2 September 2001, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of participants and visitors at this colourful event in the north Derbyshire town 16 miles east of Manchester.

THE VICTORIAN WEEKEND AT GLOSSOP was a colourful event, despite the leaden skies.

In these pictures we see the morris dancers (top left), a beautiful Victorian style carousel (top right), a German-built pipe organ recently restored to full working order (bottom left) and among many classic and vintage commercial vehicles, this lorry from the 1940's (bottom right).

THE ROYAL DAFFODIL sails past the Lowry, Salford Quays after a journey up the Manchester Ship Canal of almost six hours.

It's nearly 6pm on Saturday 1 September 2001.

The Royal Daffodil is one of a number of ferryboats owned by Mersey Ferries and was recently renovated.

Mersey Ferries operate the very popular Manchester Ship Canal cruise, which runs during the summer months.

For more information see www.merseyferries.co.uk

THE ROYAL DAFFODIL is seen in these three photographs on the final stages of its journey from Liverpool pier head to Salford Quays. It's Saturday 1 September 2001.

In all three pictures we see other vessels with which the Royal Daffodil shares the waters of the Manchester Ship Canal.

In the upper picture the boat is approaching the lift bridge at Eccles. On the left is the green-painted Arklow Villa, moored at Cerestar Trafford Park.

In the centre picture, the Royal Daffodil has just left Mode Wheel Locks and is about to pass the Lowry. On the left is the minesweeper HMS Bronington, now a museum ship permanently moored next to the Imperial War Museum North.

In the lower picture, the Royal Daffodil is about to dock at Salford Quays. On the right is the minesweeper HMS Middleton, currently on a visit to Manchester (or at least, the Manchester region, as Salford Quays is outside the City of Manchester local authority area).

The ship is named after the town of Middleton which is in - or at least very close to Manchester (actually in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale - the Mayor of Rochdale joined the ship for the journey up the canal)

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